I've got an odd problem with an old pc I'm looking to revive and load wih old games from that era. Odd I know, but it's just something I'm messing with for fun and curiosity.
Anyway, the problem is like this. I relocated the board and changed system hardware and ended up with borked files at startup. It trys to boot clean through, but always freezes, even in safe mode. I read an article by m$ about tricking the ms-dos version the os rides on into a workaround repair of config.sys and autoexec.bat. Apparently you can start via the manually confirm boot section (also the only boot option offered in F8 that doesn't freeze instantly on this box).
You would say no to config.sys and no to autoexec.bat, but retrieve the files later by io.sys, which would load them from the doz install instead of using system memory like the bootloader would.
I've tried many variations on the step-by-step confirm boot, but the best I've been able to do so far is get it through the s-b-s and into C:> prompt. After that I eventually issue a command that causes it to execute the command, then stop at ... and fail to load the prompt window/freeze. It seems like I've been quite close to being able to boot to safe mode, but I think I have to change the # of buffers, stacks, or some such, plus doz said something about raising certain values something like from 60 to 100.
The article I keep referring to was a question posted on the m$ website, but the prob, though boot related, was slightly different than my problem. It's given me ideas and things to try, but like Tom says..."no joy"
I'm hoping that there is a workaround boot for this box and that somebody out there has had success in the past...even if it's the distant past. Saving the install is the only real point to this, and while it's not any critical operation, I'd still like to do it if possible. The probs probably come from changing too much hardware too fast.
This is an old beast that had 16mb edo (lol) and now has the blazing speed of 64mb, plus a better cd-r, and had a 2g HD and a 3g HD added for storage. It's posting and counting the memory correctly. It sees the cd-r and will allow me to set the drive letter and designate the MSCD0001 driver for it. I can get to A:> or C:> in win95 command prompt, or I can use a boot disk to get to regular ms-dos (but only the 6.0 version).
I'm currently running the system without the added drives, just the C: as secondary master and the cd as E: the primary master. Starting at the F8 choices, is there something else I can try to get this box to boot?